It’s been reported on various media outlets today that Chelsea midfielder Willian looks more certain to be leaving after reportedly turning down the latest contract offer from the club.
Chelsea have long had a policy of only offering a one year contract to players over 30. They have recently upped that to two year contracts, but this isn’t satisfactory to 31 year old Willian, who is looking for a three year deal.
The attacking midfielder has been in superb from for Chelsea this season. Playing a huge part in ensuring the London club finished in the Top 4 of the Premier League.
Leaving Chelsea now looks inevitable for Willian
This form has clearly not gone unnoticed. And as a result, Willian’s agent is claiming his player currently has five clubs chasing him.
Two Premier League clubs are believed to be in the chasing pack, with one supposed to be Arsenal.
Willian is clearly a player capable of playing in the Champions League. Joining Arsenal would be a backwards step from a football perspective, as they are only in the Europa League next season.
The players is quoted as saying he’s very happy in London. And along with the Gunner’s apparently prepared to offer him his desired three year deal, swapping the Champions League for the Europa League seems like a trade off he is happy to accept.
Willian could be one of many stars leaving Chelsea this summer
Sky Sports are reporting that the club are looking to offload as many as 10 players.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, and defenders Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christiansen are believed to be on the list. Along with Emerson, Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi.
Elsewhere it’s also reported that Ross Barkley and N’Golo Kante are on the list of unwanted players.
Spanish forward Pedro is also leaving. So along with the likelihood of Willian exiting, wholesale changes look to be taking place at the Bridge.
Getting the hapless Kepa off the Stamford Bridge books looks to be Lampard’s biggest challenge. The keeper cost over £70 million, and the club are never going to get anything like that back for him.
Deciding whether to take a large hit, or sending him out on loan, seem to be Lampard’s only options. Either option is far from ideal.
And signing a new keeper isn’t going to be cheap either. Especially with the whole footballing world knowing Chelsea desperately need one.
Lampard has a big season ahead of him
Making wholesale changes while maintaining success on the field is never easy. It’s a juggling act that plenty of more experienced managers have failed in.
Will Frank Lampard be up to the task? He also will be welcoming new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, who might need time to settle.
So if you throw a huge turnover of players into the mix on top of all that, Lampard could have his work cut out.